Dwarka: The revival of the tradition of musical baithaks is continuing in Dwarka. Asawari Baithak, an informal group of classical musicians and music lovers, organised yet another baithak of hindustani classical music on the evening of April 17, 2022. The venue this time around was Dreams Apartments, Sector 22, Dwarka.
The main performing artist on the occasion was Vidushi Shikha Ganguly, a senior vocalist who lives in Dwarka. During her performance, she was very ably supported on tabla by well-known artist Pradeep Chatterjee. Shikha started her recital with khayal in raag gorakh-kalyan. This was followed by renditions of other classical bandishs in raag Ragshree and Sahana. After this, she gave a taste of semi-classical music to the audience by singing a thumri. She left the small gathering of knowledgeable and avid listeners totally transfixed through her singing. Her disciple, Ritu also performed a thumri on the occasion.
Dr. Priyanka Kashyap, a vocalist of classical and light classical from Rampur Sehaswan Gharana, and a resident of Noida, also performed two ghazals. She was accompanied by senior Tabla player Ranjib Biswas. Biswas hails from the well-known Farukhabad Gharana and is presently a lecturer of tabla at Delhi University. Priyanka sang, 'jab yaad tumhari aati hai', a ghazal composed by Sita Ram Singh and written by Satish Alok. Following this, she sang 'bahut baichain hai dil', a composition of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
The tradition of Baithak in Hindustani Classical music involves the artists and the listeners coming together in an informal setting in a relatively small closed space. It is considered the purest form of musical performance as per the traditions of Hindustani Classical music. The idea is that the listeners get an up-close and unadulterated taste of music, from close quarters.